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13 Wedding Dress Trends for 2018

A bride should secure her wedding dress around nine months before she ties the knot, which means if you’re planning a fall 2018 wedding, it’s high time to get shopping! We’ve talked to local designers and researched both regional and national trends to bring you Portland-area brides-to-be some valuable insight into the 13 top and current trends in wedding wear. This was an extra fun one. Read on!

1. Ball gowns

It’s a classic for a reason! Year after year, the Bridal Fashion Week runway is filled with ballgowns like this one by Aire Barcelona, available at The White Dress Portland.

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2. Bell sleeves

Fashion-forward brides have a little trick up their sleeves: their sleeves themselves! We’re seeing more and more dresses with straight silhouettes complemented by big, BIG sleeves.

3. Black accents

If you want your wedding dress to be the height of haute couture, find one with black accents. A black belt or gloves can look incredibly striking when paired with a traditional white wedding gown.

4. Bohemian dresses 

Could there be a more appropriate trend for a Portland bride? We think not! If you have a laid-back, earthy sensibility, we highly recommend a bohemian dress in crocheted cotton or lace. Bonus points for tassels! Here’s one we love by Yoav Rish, available at a+bé bridal shop.

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5. Bows, bows, bows!

What can we say? We love bows. And it would seem we’re not alone: Bows were popping up all over the place at this year’s Bridal Fashion Week.

6. Bridal (jump)suits

Some brides are saying “thanks, but no thanks” to dresses altogether, opting instead for uber-classy trouser pants or jumpsuits. We adore this stunning design by local designer Lena Medoyeff shot by Silvius James.

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7. Bustiers and corsets

We know, we know: Is it really possible to wear a bustier and retain any semblance of classiness? The answer, perhaps surprisingly, is yes. The key is to complement it with the right accoutrements. Think tasteful necklaces and veils.

8. Capes and jackets

If you’re planning an outdoor wedding in Portland, whatever the season, there’s a chance of rain. And that can make for one chilly bride! Enter bridal cover-ups. If your wedding frock is fresh out of a fairytale, find yourself a cape. If you’re more of a minimalist, on the other hand, a sensible jacket will suffice.

9. Colorful gowns

The days of the “white wedding” are at an end, at least as far as dresses are concerned! Instead, brides are opting for something blue…or pink, like this Blush by Hayley Paige gown, available at Ania Bridal:

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10. Mini- and midi dresses

Whether tying the knot in a civil ceremony or intending to do some hardcore, unencumbered dancing at the reception, an increasing number of brides are ditching floor-length frocks for short-but-sweet mini- and midi dresses nowadays. We love knee-length fit-and-flare frocks with layers and layers of tulle: true ballerina status!

11. Deep v-necks

Deep v-necks are all the rage right now. And unlike, say, J-Lo at the Grammy’s circa 2002, on the right dress (and the right bride), this frock feature can be the epitome of elegance. This gorgeous dress by Emma Mae as seen at The English Dept is the perfect example.

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12. Pearl embellishments

Brides have been adorning their dresses with beading since time immemorial, but for the truly stylish, ‘beading’ means pearls, pearls, and more pearls — pearls gone wild, if you will.

13. Two-piece dresses

Last but not least is this twofer of a trend, the two-piece wedding dress.  Some brides mix and match bridal separates, creating a one-of-a-kind, sometimes midriff-baring look like this stunning Limor Rosen design featured at Ania Bridal.

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BONUS: Our favorite trend combos:

  • Ball gowns + bows
  • Bell sleeves + bohemian dresses
  • Bridal suits + jackets
  • Bustiers + pearl embellishments

Featured black and white image for this post shot by Ellie Asher Photography